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Lauryn Hill Biography

Birth Name:
Lauryn Noelle Hill
Birth Place:
East Orange, New Jersey, United States
Singer, songwriter, actor

Fast Facts

  • Comes from a musical family: her teacher-mother played piano; her management consultant-father sang at weddings and family events; and her older brother played several instruments
  • Formed the Tranzlator Crew, a rap group, with Wyclef Jean and his cousin Prakazrel ("Pras") Michel in the late 1980s; they eventually renamed themselves the Fugees
  • Appeared on Showtime at the Apollo's "Amateur Night" when she was 13, singing Smokey Robinson's "Who's Lovin' You
  • " Was friends with Zach Braff during high school
  • Was head cheerleader, class president and a straight-A student in high school
  • Pursued acting during her early teens, appearing on the soap opera As the World Turns and in the movie Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
  • Her 1998 solo debut,The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, sold more than eight million copies
  • Rolling Stone ranked The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill as the No
  • 5 best album of the 1990s, and the No
  • 312th best album of all time
  • Influences include Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Roberta Flack and Marvin Gaye


  • Malaney Hill -- Brother
  • Sarah -- Daughter
  • Selah Louise -- Daughter
  • Rohan Marley -- Ex-significant Other
  • Mal Hill -- Father
  • Valerie Hill -- Mother
  • John Nesta -- Son
  • Joshua Omaru -- Son
  • Zion David-Nesta -- Son